Spock gives Jim ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ for his birthday and Jim carries that book with him in every early scene. As soon as he’s with Spock again, both of them home together on the Enterprise, he passes it to Uhura.
The first time we see him again after Spock’s funeral, he has his book again.
One year ago today, after watching much of TOS in denial, I finally admitted to myself that these idiots were irrevocably in love and nothing I could do was going to change that. So Happy Valentines Day and Happy Space Husbands Shipper Birthday to me.
To celebrate, I wanted to finish this. This is the second half of marineorthodox's prompt “First Kiss in Both Universes.”
In my mind, TOS Space Husbands is a very smooth and gradual relationship. They never had a real confession, never had an anniversary per-say… Just one day when they’re older, Jim wakes up and realizes Spock had moved in three months ago and they had become husbands somewhere along the line way before that. And later that day he walks by Spock sitting at the table and he can’t fight a sudden crazy impulse. Because even though the tender touches and heart-melting gazes have been more than enough for years, today he wants to try something just a little different… So when Spock finishes his tea, Jim leans over the back of his chair…
There is so much of substance I want to say about this episode, but this is just everything to me. They way they orbit it around each other, the way Jim needs to expel all the energy he has but keeps coming back to Spock, can’t quite move away. And the way Spock commits as soon as Jim wants his attention. It means everything.
Okay - I just want to give some love to the fact that, from a very objective perspective (not taking into account what they could and couldn’t do in the show), Kirk & Spock’s relationship in the Original Series and the TOS films is so healthy! It’s essentially an intimate friendship - its full of mutual admiration and total understanding of each other… Their personal arguments are based in one wanting to help the other through particularly difficult situations, and always end in acceptance of that help. If you consider it in a romantic sense, Kirk understands that Spock is unable to reciprocate romantic attraction - and watching the series again, I’ve realized Kirk is only flirtatious towards Spock when Spock reciprocates. He’s never pushy or selfish with Spock, and he never pressures him. Whenever one shows attraction to someone else, jealousy is present, but it’s never acted on. Their entire relationship in both a romantic sense and as a friendship is built on patience, acceptance and affection… and I think that’s why it’s one of the first, and one of the longest-lasting, “ships” ever! It isn’t just a great dynamic between two great characters - it’s a wonderful example of a beautiful, functional, very healthy relationship!
So this scene is delightful in at least seven ways, but personally I think the fact that Kirk has a four-piece matching water bottle set engraved with the Enterprise's serial number and carries them all around at once has gone too long unsung.
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